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(Scot) broth, stock, or juice
Word Origin
Old English brīg, variant of brīw pottage; related to Old High German brīo soup, Old English brīwan to cook, Middle Irish brēo flame


a Scot word for brunt
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from earlier bree brow
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  • Major bree called that afternoon, and found Mrs. Tregonell alone in the drawing-room.

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • It is a blessed truth that the mind cannot stay long in a bree.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • To-morrow kept coming, but Miss bree kept on not getting any better.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • On the other hand, Mrs. bree said "Bel hadn't got a mite of snap to her."

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • In one letter she mentioned that she had got a nice room in bree's Hotel, and felt quite settled for three months.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter

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